Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Ask, Seek, Knock
There are many models for praying to God. One of the most well-known comes in Matthew 6, where Jesus gives us a model by means of the LORD’s Prayer. He spoke of prayer as one of our duties and tells us that, if done appropriately, we will be rewarded. He elaborates on our need to pray in Chapter 7, telling us it will help us attain what we need and that we must be persistent in our prayer.
The formula to success is simple: ask, seek, and knock. He is telling us to pray and to pray often. We are to keep praying, even if it means praying over and over for the same thing. Then we are to pray some more. As a beggar makes a business of asking for alms, we must make a business of prayer so we may achieve spiritual peace. If we want to be rich in grace, we, too, must take up the trade of begging through our gift of prayer. It is our calling as Christians – because God supplies all, we have no choice but to beg for His mercy, grace, and other provision.
Jesus also counsels us on our need to seek (v. 7). Indeed we are seeking, since by asking we are seeking something we consider of value. We must follow up our prayers with endeavors of seeking, for God may reveal His gift in a different form or time or way than we expect. He knows what is good for us and when to give it, as well as the proper form it should take, which often differs from we had imagined or desired. It is as we seek that God often reveals Himself to us, so if we fail to seek actively, we often lose His blessing.
Finally, we are called to knock, just as one who wishes to enter a house would knock. Christ knocks at our door (Revelations 3:20) and we must knock at His. We are allowed, one and all, to knock by virtue of His sacrifice on the Cross. To refuse to knock is an insult. We must continue to knock, persevering in prayer, laboring in prayer, and it will not be in vain. Where God finds a praying heart, we will find a prayer-hearing God.
If we persevere, we are promised it will be given to us, and what could be better than a free gift. If it is worth having, it is worth asking for. If God sees it fit for you to have it, He will gladly give. We must then seek to find the gift He has given in whatever form He delivers. And as we seek, if we should find Him, then we would have enough.
Persistence in knocking indicates our commitment to someone we care about. It is an affront to one of our friends if we knock quickly at his door and, while he prepares to answer, we suddenly leave, leaving him to wait and wonder. Most people would feel badly for doing this to a friend; how much more we should grieve if we do this to God! It’s no wonder He calls us to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
God is gracious to all who ask, seek and knock, be they young or old, rich or poor, learned or unlearned. God is no respecter of person. He knows each of us as a sinner who deserves death, so all come before Him on equal standing. He made us all, and knows each of us inside and out. In His normal way, He will give to all who come to Him and ask in earnestness.
The God who created the Heavens and the Earth wants a relationship with you – halleluja! Moroever, He wants you to know it’s normal to have a relationship with Him. Start your relationship with Him in prayer, then continue in prayer. He rewards those who come to Him. Ask, seek, and knock for your Heavenly and Earthly rewards.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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